While many people know Adele’s songs and hits right at our hearts, those ideas are only a snapshot of who she is. The notably foul-mouthed Brit has released three albums, 19, 21, and 25, each named after the age she was while developing the content.
Adele isn’t known as one to hide her feelings in her lyrics, often painting an intimate portrait of her life at a specific moment in time. And, in a recent Vanity Fair interview, she shows the same resolve and doesn’t hold back when it comes to expressing herself. Adele openly discusses the trials and tribulations of balancing her fame with motherhood, including a bout of post-partum depression, the issues surrounding money and fame, her alcohol consumption while creating 21, her true feelings about Wi-Fi, and much more.
The Challenges of Motherhood
She was quoted as saying, “I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me….” She continued by discussing how her friends without children often found her struggle annoying while her friends with children were able to offer more understanding.
Her battle was focused on her feelings of inadequacy as a mother, even if her concerns were unjustified. Adele questioned whether having a child was the right decision. To balance the storm of emotions, she resolved to claim one afternoon every week where she could, “Just do whatever the [expletive] I want without my baby.”
Even though that declaration came with a mix of emotions, including guilt, she determined that not doing it would be worse.
Adele has even admitted that she thinks it’s braver to choose not to have children than the other way around. Often, people are pressured to have kids as a standard part of adulthood. Making the decision to remain childless can be a challenge in its own right.
Money and Fame
As the interview progressed, she discussed the challenges associated with having money, especially when it came to talking about the drawbacks of fame.
“The problem is you can’t talk about the downside of fame, because people have hope, and they cling to the hope of what it would be like to be famous, to be adored, to be able to create and do nice things…”
While Adele admits there are perks to having access to money, such as being able to live in a nicer area and the ability to purchase higher quality items, she also notes how money can intimidate certain people in her life.
Alcohol, 21, and Falling Apart
Adele was quite forward and brutally honest regarding her mental state as she wrote for 21, which became the best-selling album of the 21st century according to the Daily Mail. She admitted to drinking two bottles of wine and chain-smoking regularly throughout the creative process. She knows that those on the outside may believe that 21 was her shining moment, even stating that, “from an outsider’s perspective that I will never write songs as good as the ones that are on 21, but I’m not as indulgent as I was then, and I don’t have time to fall apart like I did then.”
Smartphones and Wi-Fi
She also isn’t shy about her feelings on the use of smartphones and Wi-Fi, expressing frustration when audience members use the devices during her shows. Adele even believes that Wi-Fi may be damaging or even “kill(ing) our insides.”
Sharing the Love
Adele expressed admiration for a number of fellow artists, most notably Beyonce, referring to her as “… my Michael Jackson.” She also showed appreciation for the vocal stylings of Stevie Nicks, former singer for Fleetwood Mac, and Bette Midler.